How to Build a Sense of Community in your Apartment Building

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How to Build a Sense of Community in your Apartment Building

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The apartment lifestyle has many benefits in terms of convenience and amenities. But a benefit you might not have considered is the sense of community that you can share in — or even help create. The close-quarter lifestyle of apartment living perfectly allows for harboring a sense of community and creating lasting friendships.
The benefits of living in a “community-minded” neighborhood are outstanding! Going on vacation and need someone to water your plants? Who better to ask than your next door neighbor! Baking some cookies and need to borrow a stick of butter? Good thing you know your neighbor!

Being a Good Neighbor

You already realize, of course, the basics of being a good neighbor. Simple things like saying hello to neighbors, cleaning up after your pet, keeping your noise levels in check, thanking the maintenance workers and office staff, maybe even noticing trash in common areas and cleaning it up (even if it isn’t yours).

Creating Community

Beyond being a good neighbor, in order to get the most out of your daily relationships, here are some fun, easy ideas you can use in order to best enjoy the benefits of community living, while creating some lasting relationships along the way.

-Have a monthly potluck.

-Ask management to put up a bulletin boards in a common area, or start an online group- to post things like information on pet/baby sitters, items for sale, job ads, etc.

-Ask the rental office about organizing an event yourself — things like a monthly book club or games night; a regularly scheduled time and day for people to run, walk or bike together; weekly play dates for moms/dads and their children, or even their pets!

Getting to know your neighbors and living as a community can be a great experience. After all, you never know who might end up being more than just a neighbor! Give some of these suggestions a try at your apartment community. A stronger sense of community benefits everyone.

The friendly staff at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments in Fort Wayne know that living as a community is the best way to live! They do a great job of creating a great, community-driven atmosphere. They offer many different floorplans (including up to three bedroom apartments and even townhomes) and would love for you to join their community! If you would like to experience all the joys of living in a friendly, tight-knit community, give them a call today at (260) 747-7000.

This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love with Your Apartment (Again)

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Valentine’s Day ushers in the season of love. How about rekindling some romance with your living space. Here are five ideas that can help you love your apartment.

1. invest in some house plants that can add color and fragrance to your apartment. They also add some responsibility to remember to water them, and to have someone look after them when you go on vacation. While not quite the same, artificial plant arrangements can also add warmth and color to your living space.

2. If you don’t want to add a real flower or plant, how about a painting or lithograph of one, or of anything else that you find stimulating or relaxing. Nice art work in your apartment can transform your apartment, Turn off your TV for awhile and just enjoy looking at the art on your walls. As you know, the artwork itself isn’t very expensive. It’s the frames that cost money. Visit thrift stores and garage sales to find low cost but interesting frames.

3. Again, if you don’t want to add plants and flowers, you can plug in a great scent. In fact today there are so many scents available, you can switch fragrances every week or so. Another good idea is the pay attention to the anti-scents, like that pile of laundry, the garbage or the cat box. A fresh clean fragrance can help you fall in love all over again with your living space.

4. Add lighting. Lighting can be decorative, of course, but it can also give your old place a completely new look. Bright lighting, especially during the darker winter times, can simply make your outlook on things brighter as well. Proper lighting has another design effect. If makes your rooms look larger. And who doesn’t love larger rooms?

5. Now that you’ve added the fragrance and beauty of fresh flowers, the color and look of fine art on your walls, and brightened up your life with more lighting, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your apartment. Valentines Day falls on a Monday this year, and hopefully, you’ll be out celebrating with your own Valentine. But the weekend before Valentines Day would be a great time to cocoon in your apartment, and read a good book. Anyone have any suggestion?

Must Haves for you College Apartment

Small Computers can still be powerful while saving valuable space

With Willow Creek Crossing’s large apartments and quick easy access to I-69, we always have a lot of college students living here.   If this is your first year living away from home, consider putting some of these items on your back to school shopping list.

 

Of course you need a computer, but you may not find a lot room left over for that big tower computer with the giant monitor once you get your books home from the bookstore.  Fortunately, today’s small computers, and laptops are very powerful, and can still power your games while keeping a low space profile.  A laptop can be moved around and even shared with visitors or roommates.

Next, consider is a central charging station for you cell phones, laptops, and tablets.  You won’t last long without recharging  your essential electronic devices, and a central station will save room and let you know quickly where your devices are hiding, while insuring they are always charged.

Another great space creator for any apartment is an e-book reader.  One compactl reader can store tons of books you would otherwise have to store.  Replace bulky bookshelves with an e-reader.

Now two low tech items every good college apartment should have in the kitchen, a toaster oven and a crock pot.  A toaster oven is faster and easier to use to make a frozen dinner or snack, while a crock pot is essential for making easy, healthy meals.  Put a few ingredients into the crock pot in the morning, let is slow cook all day, and have a terrific meal every night. The great food aromas from the crock pot might even cover up the fact you haven’t done the laundry in a while as well.

Now, you tell us.  What items do you think are essential for your college apartment?

 

Lower your Loan Rates by Simply Paying your Rent

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Why is is important to build and keep a high credit score?  Because sooner or later, you’re going to want a car loan, or new credit card.  Or, you might want to take advantage of an offer for no payments for six months or a year on a major purchase.  Whether or not you’ll get the loan and how low the interest rate might be, depends on your credit score, the higher the better.

Earlier this year, One of the nation’s largest credit reporting companies, Experian, announced it would begin including rental payments in its credit score formula.

This means that paying your rent on time can help boost your credit score. On the other hand, paying late, may hurt your credit score. With credit scores, the higher the better.

Even some auto insurance companies base your rates on your credit score, and now, some employers have been using them when assessing job applicants, although this is getting the attention of government agencies..

In response to Experian’s decision, various websites have started up to help consumers make the most of their rental payment from a credit score angle. Williampaid.com, for example, will not only pay your rent for you automatically-it deducts your payment from your bank account for a $1.75 monthly fee-it will also report your rental payment to FICO, the main credit-monitoring firm, for $2.50 per month.

There’s also a new Website called RentReporters.com that says it can verify residential rental payments of 100 millionU.S.renters and transfer that information to consumer credit reports, thus helping them to boost their credit scores. (Estimate your credit score for free.)

At any rate, it pays to have a good credit score, and now the simple act of paying your rent on time can help you earn one.  One good way to do that is to use our online pay option.  It’s really easy, so give it try.